Responsible Investing

WestBridge understands the importance of responsible investing in creating and protecting value.

A strong approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters delivers sustainable growth at portfolio companies and enhanced returns for investors.

WestBridge is a signatory of the UNPRI and actively incorporates ESG values, policies and procedures internally and across our portfolio of companies.

ESG is incorporated into our investment process – from origination and deal execution to portfolio management and exit.

Our aim is to create long-term value and protect value leakage for all stakeholders.  By identifying ESG opportunities – and risks – and effectively managing them, we can generate sustainable growth within our portfolio companies.

This approach improves the impact our investments have on the economy, society and the environment.

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Benefits of implementing ESG practices
  • Increased top-line growth through more sustainable products and services
  • Improved employee engagement and talent attraction
  • Operational efficiencies and cost savings
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk identification and management
  • Enhanced brand reputation
WestBridge approach to ESG
  • Clearly defined ESG strategy
  • ESG diligence incorporated into investment process
  • Team trained in ESG best practice
  • Constant monitoring and data capture across entire portfolio
  • Transparent quarterly reporting to investors
  • ESG advocate on each portfolio board ensures ESG is always on the agenda
  • Procedures and policies constantly monitored and benchmarked
  • Performance metrics include ESG

ESG across our portfolio


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value of contracts delivered to the UK government in 2020

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individuals provided with healthcare services

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of Fund II portfolio companies have female board directors

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salary, bonus and pension payments to portfolio staff in 2020

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energy, transport and vehicle use monitored

new jobs created since investment

*Data for 12 months to 30 September 2020

Environmental

By helping companies identify operational improvements, such as better management of their resources and supply chain, we help them become more efficient and minimise their impact on the environment.

Social

By assisting companies to operate ethically, safely and with respect for employee health and wellbeing, we help them create supportive and productive environments that retain and attract top talent.

Governance

By encouraging companies to implement policies and processes that improve critical business functions, we help them comply with the law and make decisions that meet the needs of all stakeholders.

ESG in action


Responsible Investing

AJM, a certified Disability Confident employer, actively supports positive employment opportunities within the workforce and has well over the national average of disabled employees at 16.5%.

Responsible Investing

Aptus’ apprentice and trainee scheme has 41 employees. This commitment to apprenticeships ensures the business can grow rapidly with a skilled workforce, however it also helps to address vital skills shortages across the industry, supporting the creation of a new generation of specialist operatives for the utilities sector. 

Responsible Investing

Wilcomatic ensures that 100% of inert chemicals used in its wash systems are recovered or recycled and over 95%, or 21 tonnes, of all waste is diverted from landfills.